Best Books of 2017

It's the end of the year and therefore time for a review of the books I read in 2017. There are, as always, a couple that really stood out for me. It's not quite a top ten, but who really needs those? In no particular order: Animal Farm by George Orwell Running Like a Girl... Continue Reading →

Christmas (Bookish) Decorations

You've already seen some of the baubles, stars and trees I made out of book pages in my posts about my Advent calender. However, there is more that you can do with books. Something I tried this year and that I'm quite proud of, is my poster cover-up, that you've perhaps already seen on my... Continue Reading →

Decluttering in December

You may remember that last year, I started the Konmarie Method (also see me declutter my clothing and my books). I didn't manage to go through all the steps, but also added a few things to my house throughout the year. Now, things have gotten a little more cluttered again. So, in oder to unclutter, I've... Continue Reading →

Home-made Advent Calender

Christmas is coming! I've been preparing for Christmas all of November, which is probably why I didn't have much time for anything else at all. So, it's probably a little late to share this, but perhaps it can be of some use next year: a home made Advent calender. I really wanted something a little more... Continue Reading →

Azores Holiday – Accommodations

I've been trying to figure out where to start. I'm still too overwhelmed with all the thoughts about the vacation, that I found it difficult to start writing about something that really affected me. Instead, I decided to write about some of the more mundane things first. On the Azores, we stayed in 5 different... Continue Reading →

Book Fair Deventer 2017

A while ago, there was the annual Boekenmarkt in Deventer. Like the years before (check 2015, I hadn't time to write about 2016), there were endless stands of book sellers. Mostly Dutch books, but some English as well and every once in a while a different language mixed in. Most of the books sold are second... Continue Reading →

Back to normal

Now that my summer holidays are over, I'm going to start blogging again. I'm going to be doing a couple of book reviews, but I'm going to be writing about our trip to the Azores as well. There is a lot to tell and the few pictures that I posted on Instagram, realld don't do... Continue Reading →

Finally, Summer Holidays!

Goodmorning lovely people! I'm quite happy about the new layout of my blog. I hope you can also find your way around. Unfortunately, I'm not quite back yet. Next weekend, we're flying to Sao Miguel, Azores (Portugal), where we'll be vacationing and island hopping for two weeks. A well deserved, all be it late, summer... Continue Reading →

New Layout

I've been working on a new layout, and today's the day that I finally take that leap and roll it out. I'm very happy with it. I hope you are too. If there's anything that's not working properly for you, let me know and I'll try to fix it. Happy blogging!  

July Wrap Up 2017

Time flies by! We've already passed from July to August (we're very close anyway). I read quite a lot of books this month, as opposed to last month. Not in the least due to Sarah J. Maas. I've read series by both of these women for the first time. I'd had some experience with Maas,... Continue Reading →

Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Synopsis Layken's Father died suddenly, leaving her to gather every ounce of strength to be a pillar for her family, in order to prevent their world from falling apart. Now her life is taking another unexpected turn... Layken's mother gets a job which leads to an unwanted move across country. However, a new home means... Continue Reading →

Around the bookish Blogosphere

Instead of posting something myself, I've decided that this week, I'd share a couple of great posts from other bloggers. Yes, it's definitely the lazy way to blog. I've got a great excuse though, because I've been binge reading the ACOTAR series. I didn't think I'd like them, but turns out... I love them! But... Continue Reading →

Places with books: an old telephone cell in Berlin

Last week I went to the Dutch embassy in Berlin to get my passport renewed. On the drive there, a couple hundred meters before arriving at our destination, I spotted a telephone cell, lined with books. Obviously, I had to go back there after renewing my passport. It's between the river Spree and the Kupfergraben, a... Continue Reading →

Reading for Mental Health

Most of you will know reading as something you do for fun, or because you have no choice if you want to pass that exam. Maybe without reading, you wouldn't understand most of the movie you're watching (hello subtitles!) or the game you're playing. Reading helps us in so many ways to make sense of... Continue Reading →

Review: Vegetarische Barbecue by Ross Dobson

Synopsis Ross Dobson turns traditional barbecue recipes into a refreshing and versatile selection for anyone who savors good food. Bullet-point review ★★★★☆ + includes vegan recipes + mostly simple to make for those new to veggie barbecues + includes sides, dips and salads  - certain things are left to the cook Full Review I don't... Continue Reading →

How To Read More (Or At All)

So, you've finally gotten to the point where you're reading books, or maybe you've loved reading forever. However, finding the time to read is not always easy. So, how and when can you read? On your way to work/school/where ever you're going This one is especially easy when you're using public transport. Reading on a train... Continue Reading →

Book Unhaul 2017 Part 1

I've written a couple of posts before, about unhauling books. It definitely feels very freeing to just let go of the ones I didn't like, or the ones I'll never read again.  Unhaul #1 (2015) Unhaul #2 (2015) Unhaul #3 (2016) Unhaul #4 (2016, Mari Kondo) Like I did the end of last year, I'm... Continue Reading →

June Wrap-Up

June didn't go as well, reading-wise, as the previous months. I finished a total of 6 books, which doesn't sound to bad, until you realize, that of those 5 books, 2 were cookbooks. Cookbooks are really quick to go through, so I'm not even sure if you should count them, but I do (because I... Continue Reading →

Review: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Synopsis Puffin in Bloom A new line of classics with gorgeously illustrated covers by renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.s lead artist, Anna Bond. Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on... Continue Reading →

#currentlyreading The Circle by Dave Eggers

I'm #currentlyreading The Circle by Dave Eggers. I don't really know what it's about. All I know the movie with Emma Watson has come out, so I really should read the book. I got this one through Facebook. Anyway, I think I'm getting a feel for where it's going. At least for what the story... Continue Reading →

CoaBB: I am a sucker for happy endings.

Yes, I'm shortening this CoaBB or Confessions of a Book Blogger. It's easier this way to read what the post is actually about. This post is about Happy Endings - the bookish kind. For those thinking of anything else: get your mind out of the gutter! A lot of times, people seem to think that... Continue Reading →

Questions and Answers Book Tag

I saw this tag about a week ago on the blog of Annemieke of A Dance With Books and it seemed like a fun one to do. Also, I've recently been going through my blog posts and I haven't done a tag in ages. It's really been so long! The tag was created by Kwante in... Continue Reading →

April & May Wrap-Up

I've done fairly well with the amount of books I've read in April and May. I've read a total of 13 books. Which puts the total amount of books I've read this year at 29. According to Goodreads, I'm a couple books ahead of my reading goal of 52. So, all in all I'm pretty... Continue Reading →

Bookhaul: April & May

Don't be scared, but be warned. It's a long list. I was lucky enough to find someone giving away their entire YA English collection and get a bunch of books from them. Also allowing me to spend most of my money otherwise. So, sit back and relax. It's gonna take a while. In the other... Continue Reading →

Switzerland in May – tropics and snowy mountains it’s all in a day trip.

Those of you following my personal Instagram account already know. We spend the second week on May in Switzerland, trying to speak French and mostly miserable failing. Luckily, there were a lot of things around to cheer me up about the terrible state of my French language skills. We stayed in a little village called... Continue Reading →

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